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Judge mulls slashing $290m award in Roundup cancer case

Al Jazeera
Judge mulls slashing $290m award in Roundup cancer case

A US judge is considering whether to overturn a jury order that agribusiness giant Monsanto pays $290m in damages for not warning a groundskeeper that its weed killer product Roundup might cause cancer. In motions filed after the historic August verdict, Monsanto urged the judge to strip away the $250m punitive portion of the damages, arguing a new trial was justified. Rival attorneys argued before California state Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who did not say when she would rule on the motions. Bolanos issued a written tentative ruling ahead of the hearing, saying she intended to strike down the punitive damages and schedule a new trial on that issue. The argument appeared to resonate with Bolanos